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The 2016 Container

The 2016 Container
We are frequently asked lots of questions about the type of items we need for the container and we have already begun collecting items from people and organisations, near and far, ready for our 2016 container. Our storage facility is beginning to look healthy! Here is a list of those items which will be very welcome.
HHI 2016 Container list;

Wheelchairs, zimmer frames, crutches and walkers,

hospital furniture, portable screens, cord clamps, suction machines,

digital scales for clinics, waterproof mattress covers, nappies, incontinence pads,

sterile bandages and dressings still in packaging, painkillers and paracetamol (with long life date),

reading glasses (not prescription glasses),

large blankets, knitted school jerseys - V neck or pullovers (in navy or grey,)

soap, toothpaste & tooth brushes,

sturdy child’s pushchair for use with disabled children,

walking sticks, and white canes.


Baby Royd

18 day old Royd Chifweta wearing HHI knitted garments.

Sadly, Royd’s mother died from ‘an overflowing of blood’ immediately after giving birth to him. There had been no one available in their remote village to take her to the rural health centre.

His grandmother presented him at the HHZ compound and the ‘Helps’ committee was able to offer financial support in order for her to obtain food and other necessities for him. In addition to this, the timely arrival of the container meant that Royd could be clothed in some of the wonderful knitted items donated by our busy army of knitters. This story sums up the essence of our work! Your freely given time and talent has brought comfort to Royd in his time of need and helps to bring hope to his world.


The Container Arrives!

2016 container off loading in progress

On 5thJanuary the 2015 container docked in Beira, Mozambique, and after a trouble free cross country journey, a week later arrived at the HHZ compound in Zambia. The items were swiftly unpacked and distributed to various individuals and organisations such as hospitals, clinics and special schools in and around Monze. A huge ‘WELL DONE!’ must be said to those who were on hand to process all the wonderful items which were donated by you, our loyal and caring supporters.


This is Bright teaching some blind students

This is Bright teaching some blind students

Bright is a blind young man who was supported by HHI in Zambaia to complete his education, and obtain his teaching qualifications. As you can see he is now a qualified teacher of the blind, and is a great success and a tribute to all his hard work.

Shibu has a new role!

Hospital stabbing drama drunken husband hero

Shibu is our regular bystander in the hospital in Trivandrum.  Most of his duties involve work as a sort of nursing auxiliary, but recently ...

Tom takes up the story.

This month we have a dramatic story for you. A couple of months ago, a couple living quite a long way away from Trivandrum came to stay in the capital.  The husband was a heavy drinker and the couple quarelled badly.  The wife was hit by a vehicle and was admitted to the Medical College Hospital.  One evening Shibu was attracted by a commotion in Ward 8 (a women's ward near Ward 15 where many of Shibu's patients find themselves).  The husband had turned up at the hospital, fully drunk, and had approached his wife, apparently affectionately, and had then pulled out a knife from behind and stabbed her three times in the neck.  He then stood there brandishing the knife.  Shibu sidled up behind him, pinning his arms to his side, and so the men in front could then disarm him.  It was a great effort of Shibu, wasn't it?  ... .  A policeman who had come to the hospital introduced Shibu to his companion as "the Ward 8 superstar".  Many of Shibu's patients are brought to the hospital by the police, so he knows them well.  So it fits in with what Shuibu's role has turned out to be - doing those things that others aren't prepared to.

HHI supports all the costs of Shibu's work in the hospital.

2015 Container is on its way to Zambia

The volunteers have done it!

On Friday 30th October a team of volunteers descended on our storeroom and completed the loading of the container just before nightfall. The whole operation went very well, mostly because a number of people had worked very hard in the days before to get items lines up, boxed and labelled. Though we had significantly fewer number of wheelchairs we did manage to get every square inch filled with useful items. It will now take about three months to get to Monze - we will update this post as we track the container's long journey.

Salini and Shanil get married

Shalini from Thanal House wedding photo

Salini, who manages Thanal, maried Shanil recently. The wedding was a typical Indian event with about 1500 guests. The women from Thanal House attended in their best saris (we await a photo). Shanil, her new husband will soon start to work with Salini at Thanal House. We are sure Pastor Sam, her father who died a few years ago , would have been proud of his daughter on her marriage and for the exellent work she has already done at the home.

The marriage was arranged by her father before he died but this picture shows her joy at a future she will share with her new husband. HHI wish Salini and Shanil all the best for their future together and wish them well as they work together for the health and benefit of the destitute women at Thanal House.

Knitting for HHI

Knitted items reach Zambia

On a recent trip to Zambia we took a bag full of knitting - particularly blankets and dolls. When we distributed these it was evident that the people receiving them where overjoyed. Thanks to all our supporters who knit for those in need. We have however created a priority list...

  • blankets of all sizes - from baby ones to large for adults
  • jumpers/cardigans for children under 5, all sizes, any (bright) colour
  • school sweaters or tank tops for ages 4-11. Colours navy, bottle green, grey and maroon
  • toys - eg dolls or footballers with black/brown faces
  • hats
  • other items

Jonah speaks about disability in Zambia

Jonah speaking to local radio station

Jonah Sialumano is HHI Disability Affairs Manager and here he is taking an opportunity to be interviewed by a local radio reporter. Jonah is responsible for all areas of our work which involved disabled people and he ensures UK receive a prioritised list of 'helps' to enable us to fund the most urgent needs. Jonah also co-ordinates craft training and distribution of disability aids. On our recent visit we also asked Jonah for an interview which we filmed for the website.